Field Testing Steorn’s ‘Never Die’ Orbo Power Cube Battery in Dublin Pub Starting Friday [New Pictures and video]

In 2006 Irish engineering company Steorn made a splash and stirred up a controversy when they put an ad in the Economist magazine announcing they had developed a way to produce “free, clean and constant energy”, and issued a challenge to the scientific world to test it out. There was a flurry of publicity activity following this announcement and much controversy ensued.

Some in scientific world responded to the challenge, and a jury of experts was assembled which ultimately came to the verdict in 2009 that the company could not demonstrate that their technology produced energy. Steorn accepted the jury’s decision, but disputed its conclusions and the company continued to carry on its work, but in a far less public way.

Most of what we have learned of Steorn’s activities since they lowered their profile has come from informal Facebook comments, pictures and videos. And it’s from Facebook that the latest piece of news comes — from Slattery’s Pub — hardly the most august scientific body, (but well known to be the favorite social establishment of Steorn’s CEO Shaun McCarthy).

Here’s an announcement from Slattery’s Facebook Page:

“In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can be neither created nor be destroyed, but it transforms from one form to another, for instance chemical energy can be converted to kinetic energy in the explosion of a stick of dynamite.”

“A consequence of the law of conservation of energy is that a perpetual motion machine of the first kind cannot exist. That is to say, no system without an external energy supply can deliver an unlimited amount of energy to its surroundings”

“Come down to Slattery’s Pub this week and witness this Black Beauty charge ppl phones or laptops without ever needing a recharge or external power source. Orbo’s Power Cube is real magic. It twists the aboce laws inside out.”

In one of the comments, Slattery’s says they will have the Power Cube available starting Friday.

We don’t know much about the Orbo power cube, but Shaun McCarthy has mentioned that Steorn is developing a ‘never-die’ battery using its Orbo technology. In an interview with the Sunday Business Post earlier this year, McCarthy said they were developing am Orbo battery to be used in mobile phones:

“The battery is very unique — You don’t put any energy in, it’s what they call a closed loop. Literally the battery is self-powered. It’s a ‘never die’ battery. It’ll drain itself, but it will recharge itself in two seconds. ”

To many, Steorn has become an object of ridicule over the years, and so to display a potentially revolutionary technology for the first time in a pub doesn’t sound like the best way to try and salvage your reputation — but in many ways this is the Steorn way, tongue-in-cheek and irreverent.

Certainly a product rollout in a pub could not be considered a scientific test or a validation of the technology — you’d have to do long term testing to conclude that this was not a conventional battery technology — but it’s interesting to see Steorn is continuing its activities and becoming a bit more public.

If they do have what they claim, it would be very interesting.


I have been in touch with Steorn and was told that a prototype Orbo box to be located in Slattery’s pub is part of their ‘field testing’, and it will be available for customers to charge their electronic devices on — ‘behind the bar’.

Here’s a new picture from Shaun McCarthy’s Facebook page:

Using the USB port as a reference, I would guess this box is about 9 x 9 x 4 cm.

More pictures from Slattery’s Facebook page.




A couple of videos too at the links below:

Our mate #ORBO just arrived. This was our first touch. The box has an extra diagnostics kit so normally half the size. We will keep it here and test this revutionary product #madeinireland and creatively powered by #Guinness

Posted by Slatterys Pub on Friday, May 8, 2015

Posted by Slatterys Pub on Friday, May 8, 2015

Posted by Slatterys Pub on Friday, May 8, 2015
  • Svein Arild Utne

    I was in London to see their demo there, but it was a big turnoff. But it could have been the light that heated a bearings or something, but I am not flying to Irland to be at the pub. It would have been nice, but I will wait and see. Just a notice. My Skype is dead after I uploded two pictures today, I do not know the reason, but if somone in the MFMP read this, you will know why I am not on Skype anymore.

  • hempenearth

    Why am I expecting 007 and Thicket to start arguing?

  • Ophelia Rump

    Another stunt followed by a product release of that stupid on demand water heater would be my interpretation.

  • Reggie

    It is probably one of those silly things that can pick up stray radio waves and put out a trickle charge. Wouldn’t surprise me if they put a transmitter nearby to give it a boost. It would be nice if they would do something interesting, but I don’t think this is it. Sorry, not sure if non-positive comments are allowed; but Steorn is not related to LENR/Ecat anyway.

    • Mats002

      When do pubs in Ireland close? That settles the uptime needed.

    • Agaricus

      If the pub has Wi-Fi they wouldn’t even need a dedicated transmitter. But let’s not jump to conclusions..

  • I found a cheap flight to Dublin, and have nothing else to do during the weekend. I volunteer to go there and scrutinize, if someone picks up the bills. I believe my costs would land at about 150 euros.

    I should probably also point out that I am very skeptical about Steorn myself.
    It would take a lot to convince me anything relevant is going on.

    • GreenWin

      You could ask Elon Musk for the cash. He might even give you a ride in his G5.

      • I did speak to his friends about Cold Fusion – they said they support cold fusion and want to see it become a reality – then they asked ME for money

        • GreenWin

          Doc, here’s another option. Maybe not for the pub crawl, but potentially for your LENR research. They claim to be funding research into all manner of verboten subjects including… UFOs!

          • Your a smart person,
            Do you have any better proposals maybe?

          • GreenWin

            Hey, these guys are serious. Check their “About” page:

            “NPS is a funding platform for scientific research that has been
            overlooked, neglected or even scorned by the two primary funding sources
            in our society: industry and government.”

            But I doubt they’ll fund the Irish pub jaunt. Oh, the sailor next door keeps bugging me about that annoying contraction, “you are.”

  • pg

    We should not post this stuff here, it lowers the value of everything else.

  • Robbie

    Had to be in an Irish Pub. Great bit of publicity. However the real joke of the situation is that some will want so much for it to be true they will argue that it is a real perpetual motion machine. Most however wil;l go and charge their cell phone and have a guinness.

  • Pekka Janhunen

    Steorn plays in public house while Rossi trains his cat and mouse.

  • Ophelia Rump

    ORBO is a publicity stunt, the first time it sold test probes and APIs.
    This time water heaters.

    The water heater is a water heater. It heats water. Like any other water heater. Steorn has never claimed otherwise. Just an on demand water heater like every other on demand water heater. To expect anything else is gullible.

    • Agaricus

      A good call I think. Classic ‘McCarthy marketing’.

      Esa, handwash stations and coffee machines using induction heating are not ‘Steorn technology’ – just clever engineering.

    • I’m not sure why you, Ophelia Rump, are claiming that they have ever sold water heaters. They spun off that whole segment of Steorn, as HephaHeat, and have not listed anything up for sale.

      Currently announced products + licensed stuff:
      1- Up for sale on – Ocube, a 1200€ usb-charger for your mobile phone
      2- Up for sale on – Ophone, a 480€ dumbphone (GSM/2G/EDGE), a nevercharge phone that keeps itself charged
      3- Announced as forthcoming: E-Cig collaboration with Wicked Juices (Ireland), using Orboost/Orbo technology, an e-cig that never needs charging
      4- Announced as forthcoming: generic gamecontroller for consoles with the regular Orbo battery tech keeping it charged.

      Every once in a while there are images of the HephaHeat segment of Steorn, but never any talk of when they would be announced up for sale. Let’s focus on Ocube+Ophone and see when the E-Cig comes out.

  • ecatworld

    I’ve been in contact with Steorn, and was told that this is not going to be a product launch or a demonstration. The device will be at Slattery’s pub as part of field testing of prototype Orbo boxes they are doing — letting customers use one to charge their electronic devices.

  • ecatworld

    From the Slattery’s FB page

    “Well tonight was really interesting. We had many people in that sat down in groups and had come in to see ORBO in action. She didn’t dissapoint. She charged many phones iPhone and Samsung types some HTC. The recharge speeds were more or less as normal if you used normal plug source. I’m at home now but I will be in at 11 tmrw to plug in a phone and I will let you know how it goes.
    Orbo will not move from its location. I am as skeptical as anyone out there. If it’s still operating like this in a week I know ppl will say that I’m “micro dosing” it with power. There is no way to charge it.To be honest I have no vested interest. If it fails I can slag Shaun about it during a poker game!”

  • GreenWin

    Roland, thanks for this sharp-minded comment. Indeed, IF our universe emerged from “nothing” as mainstream wants to believe… it is a small matter to create MW energy from a similar open system.

  • GreenWin

    One of many imaginative deities of course…

  • pelgrim108
  • Frost*

    Can’t view the FB pages. Privacy settings must have been set that way. 🙁

  • ecatworld

    More from the Slattery’s staff member who’s watching over the Orbo box

    “So its 9.20pm. I’ve fully charged two phones today from below 5% to 100%. I’ve also 1/5 and 1/2 charged phones. The ‪#‎ORBO‬ has continued to deliver. The Battery is designed for two full charges per day of a typical phone. For now it seems to be capable of more then that. Tomorrow night a staff member of Steorn will download some data from the diagnostics attachment. This will be recorded on cctv to prove that there is no refueling being done.

    “For the moment I’m impressed with the fact that is continuously charges phones with no issues. Tmrw morning I won’t be in but I will ask the lads to leave our pub Samsung note so that it depletes so we can see it charging again at midday tmrw.”

    • Rolls Canhardly

      There was a post early this morning with a screen grab of a security camera, described as the Steron team doing its scheduled downloading of diagnostic information, but it’s since been removed.

      • Sanjeev

        Do they plan to publish the total energy generated and other data ?

  • ecatworld

    If Steorn is to be believed, it appears there are two components inside the box — a generator and a battery. The Orbo generator charges the battery — which in turn can charge external devices. The generator then recharges the battery when it has been depleted. Altogether probably too big to fit inside a box.

    Anyway, that’s the theory. All to be confirmed, of course.

    • BillH

      My point being, that if the generator can recharge the internal battery in 2 seconds then why not have the generator recharge a battery inside a phone in 2 seconds? In the demo the battery inside the phone appeared to be charging at a normal rate? The logic behind this and all the sniggering that was going on in the video should tell you that this is not real.

      • Rolls Canhardly

        Where did you read that the generator recharges the battery in 2 seconds? From what they’ve told us, the orbo generator charges the up battery (how quickly they don’t mention). The battery charges the phones. When that battery depletes, the orbo generator recharges it again. Nowhere did it mention 2 seconds. This whole thing might be more Steorn BS, but this power cube is an interesting development. Personally, I feel if they were really trying to perpetrate a hoax on people they’d try a hell of a lot harder then doing this informal test in a pub. Then again, maybe that’s what they’re counting on.

        • BillH

          “… It’s a ‘never die’ battery. It’ll drain itself, but it will recharge itself in two seconds. ”. I didn’t just pull the 2 seconds out of thin air, it was in the story, see top of the page.

  • Sanjeev

    If it is a metal box, its not possible to use radio waves of any kind to send power from outside. The metal will block it all. It is big enough to contain a fuel cell of some kind. Its steorn after all, so better be cautious.

  • Sanjeev

    Its not possible to recharge a (ordinary) battery in 2 secs. It will go up in flames or explode. Too much energy transfer in an instant = bomb.
    There is a reason the battery chargers limit the charging current to a small amount.
    It is possible to charge supercapacitors in 2 secs. So that can be a good solution if used in phones.

    • BillH

      The box doesn’t look that big, the whiskey bottles give you an idea of scale. So, you could keep the box in a backpack say and keep it connected to your mobile, and hey presto when you want to make a call you disconnect it and you have a fully charged mobile, forever. Does that really sound likely?

      • Sanjeev

        Sounds magical to me 🙂
        But as they say, sufficiently advanced tech is just like magic. Now imagine an EV with 100s of these boxes charging its batteries. I can only wish that someone of high credibility validate it asap. I’m a very open minded person as far as free energy is concerned, but the name steorn makes me distrust it.

  • Derrick Ricks

    The sun is a arc light powered by the electric current that powers univers.

  • GreenWin
  • ecatworld

    The testing is over. Slattery’s wrote:

    “The device is no longer here. A little too much attention for a quiet field test. I may have gone over the top posting about it so my bad. I’m hoping that we can get her back under more strict media conditions but Slattery’s Pub not exactly a quiet pub hence the perfect place to display it.”

    “Well it was the diagnostics that we could not access to without getting it back to Steorn, for whatever reason. So we are hoping to prepare better and maybe I can tone down my posts. I was a little over excited and it created too much activity. I hold my hands up. I suppose I was trying to represent all you guys and answer all your questions. That needs more planning.”